With some smart and sensible purchases during the auctions, the current champions once again boast of a well-balanced squad leading into the tournament. Let’s see what are the chances of Mumbai Indians defending its IPL title in 2020.
Summers are around the corner and so is the time for the most awaited sports event in India. Auctions being done with, one has got a complete overview of the line-ups. Here we take a look at five reasons that make champions Mumbai Indians favourites to lift IPL 2020 trophy.
Cricket is a game of uncertainties and hence all teams have a fair chance of winning this edition of IPL. However, numbers don’t lie and being four-time IPL champions, MI does hold a slight edge going into the 13th edition of the tournament. This makes it easier for the fans to determine the chances of Mumbai Indians (MI) to defend their IPL title in 2020.
Highlights! Can champions and also favourites Mumbai Indians break the ‘odd year-jinx’ and defend its IPL title in 2020?
- MI skipper Rohit Sharma will once again be the key to his team’s success.
- Getting hold of Trent Boult in the auctions makes MI a formidable bowling attack.
- The team has a nice mix of Indians youngsters and overseas stars.
Why Mumbai Indians has emerged as the favourites in IPL 2020
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There are match-winners in every sport. But then there are players who can win the tournament for you single-handedly and MI’s skipper Rohit Sharma is one such player. With five centuries in World cup and utter domination in tests, the Indian opener was on fire in 2019. He just showed everyone that his best years are yet to come.
Rohit’s unparalleled captaincy record in IPL is another factor that makes MI a predominant team. He operates on a different level in this tournament. Considering Rohit Sharma’s recent form and T20 history, Mumbai Indians may well be on course to defend their IPL title in 2020.
Squad Depth and Overall Quality
This year’s MI squad resembles an ICC team of the year. Top players in each department of the game make it hard for opponents to exploit any weak areas of the team. Similar to the past editions, MI boasts of having one of the most well-balanced sides in the 13th edition of IPL.
The inclusion of Chris Lynn in this year’s auction along with Quinton De Kock and Rohit Sharma makes a destructive top order. Young players like Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Aiden Blizzard also provide with a good set of options for the skipper.
All-rounders are very crucial for success in T20s and guess what – MI has three of them. Keiron Pollard and the Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal – need no introduction. They make one hell of a trio and often have a huge impact on the game.
With their batting firepower and quality all-rounders, MI looks well on course to defend its IPL title – all this when their famed bowling unit is not being even considered. The inclusion of Trent Boult will add fire to an already established T20 bowling unit comprising of big guns like Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga.
Though there is a limit on foreign players playing in a team, MI’s top brass got it covered through the likes of Indian players like Saurabh Tiwari, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Aditya Tare and Anukul Roy.
Mumbai Indians splashed out Rs. 83 crore in the auctions and as of now it looks to be quite well spent.
It is probably the most under-rated yet very crucial factor in the overall graph of IPL Champions Mumbai Indians’ performance and their record in this tournament.
Most of the players have been associated with Mumbai Indians for 3-4 years and the coaching staff is very well aware of them. This gives Mumbai an upper hand over their opponents – who often take time to come up with accurate team selection and the combination that works for them.
This remains a substantial base to back Mumbai Indians as favourites to defend their IPL crown in 2020.